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Scrip101 is a beginner level training DVD for Softimage XSI. It introduces XSI artists to scripting techniques using both VBscript and Jscript.
Scripting 101 requires no prerequisite programming knowledge. The author will introduce programming concepts in an artist friendly manner, and will finish off by producing 2 scripts, the Spacer Tool and and Rig Guide scripts.

ICE Train System is a beginner level training DVD covering the use of strands in ICE to create a parametric train system complete with automatically  rotating wheels. The title also covers the creation of a railroad using ICE.

Scene files and compounds are included with this DVD.

Duration: 1 hr 35 mn    Platform: Softimage 7.x and above     Author: Charbel Koueik



CE Train System  is authored by Charbel Koueik. Charbel has written a number of tites for Softimage with critical acclaim. His Technical Director Training series was and is used in major VFX studios around the world. That series explained the basics of Linear Algebra and Vector Math. It laid out the foundations necessary to grasp  the concepts behind using ICE in a productive, predictable manner.

This title, ICE Train System, assumes that the user has a good understanding of using ICE Strands. The title does not go over the basics of strands. If you would like to have a deeper knowledge about the basic concepts of ICE strands, it is recommended that you consult the ICE Strand Dynamics title also available from 3DQUAKERS. 

Charbel starts by creating strands that will serve as the locators of the train wagons. He then moves on to discuss how to snap the strands to a path curve with precise control so that the wagons roll exactly on that curve. Several important ICE concepts are showcased in the process, like Iterative Snap and Vector alignment.

Rotations and orientations are next, and Charbel covers multiple ways for controlling point orientations in ICE, and points out the best approach in the case of the train system. He then discusses the basic formula behind accurate wheel rotations, and how to apply that formula to have the train wheels rotate accurately and automatically as the train moves. 

Connectors between the front wheels are a tricky item. Charbel dissects the problem and presents an easy way to control them. Extensive us of debugging is used, to impart  the user with skills to troubleshoot intricate problems that would be otherwise hard to solve. 

Once the train system is complete, Charbel explores its inherent procedural nature, giving the user the ability to change the number of wagons on the fly, and have the whole system, adapt in realtime. 

The last chapter of the DVD covers the creation of a railway with the use of instance duplication. 

As a final note, this DVD covers a practical and creative use of ICE strands to create a procedural automatic train system. The knowledge gained from this course will surely help you create your own procedural systems using the amazing technology that is Softimage ICE!

This DVD is a must for everyone wanting to go deeper into the heart of computer graphics and animation, and understand how procedural systems work under the hood. This title is great for technical directors (TD's), students, researchers and educators. It can fit perfectly within a university course covering interesting topics not found in common, ubiquitous programs. 

The topics covered are as follows:
  • Train Intro
  • Train Strand
  • Strand Lengths
  • Strands / Points Conversion
  • Strand Snap to Path
  • Point Orientation
  • Wagon Orientation
  • Wheel Orientation
  • Wheel Formula
  • Wheel Rotations
  • Front Wheel Setup
  • Train Hooks
  • Wheel Hooks
  • Instance Geometry
  • Wheel Connectors
  • Train Railway


ICE Train System for Softimage  Demo

Technical Specs

ICE Train System comes in downloadable format. The total size is around 1 Gb. The Ice Train System interface needs a minimum of 1400 x 940 px screen resolution. Please note that you cannot run the DVD on a 1024x768 screen area. If you are on a slow connection, you can take all the time you need to download. We recommend using a download manager. Once downloaded, the training can be burnt on DVD for backup.

ICE Train System  requires Quicktime installed on the user's machine.

Make sure to have the latest Quicktime installed on your system for optimal viewing experience.

ICE Train System  is node locked, which means that it can only be viewed on one machine, the one you got the license for, not necessarily the machine you downloaded from. Up to 2 extra licenses can be provided free of charge if so required.

3DQUAKERS Licensing

This training title is licensed to be used by the buyer only. Sharing is prohibited.

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